A Quick Visit to the Bay Area

Last Thursday I had barely landed at SFO when I was once again reminded of some of the many reasons I love this little spot on earth, which I fondly refer to as the birthplace of my soul. The air was brisk–with even something of a bite in it. The humidity felt perfect to me. The “always on” breeze from… Continue reading

French Bay, New Zealand, Panorama

s you can easily see from the Google Map, the French Bay, New Zealand, (in Akaroa) was once a volcano. The south side collapsed, letting in the South Pacific Ocean which formed the French Bay. The area has little development and is beautiful. Our lodge in this tiny community was an historic building that sat very close to the bay… Continue reading

NZ’s Southern Alps Helicopter Adventure

On day 13 of our New Zealand explorations, we took a 40 minute helicopter tour from the tiny town of Franz Josef Glacier, population 100 (out of season residents) – 300 (tourist season residents). We were in town during their off season—lots of locals who all knew each other, and a handful of young tourists, then: us. The little town… Continue reading

West Peak, Mount Tamalpais: Mother Nature’s Drama

A week ago today I was hunkered down on the west peak of Mount Tamalpais. I felt as though I were on top of the world because the wind was blasting dense fog straight toward me, just barely over my head. I could reach up and almost touch this ceiling of fog. Coming from the Pacific Ocean, the rapidly moving… Continue reading

West Peak Mount Tamalpais (Pano)

Here is the first of two panos I’ll post from my trip this week up to west peak  Mount Tamalpais. The clouds had all but cleared, and you can see for miles! It was gorgeous! Be sure to also check out my other posts about this half day adventure up the mountain: West Peak, Mount Tamalpais: Somehow I Just Knew…… Continue reading

West Peak, Mount Tamalpais: Somehow I Just Knew…

I had to get to the top of the west peak of Mount Tamalpais as quickly as possible. The weather conditions looked as though they could be an interesting subject for shooting: time lapse, photos, and panos. The dark clouds were blasting in from the north Pacific Ocean. They hung low in the sky—just above the mountain’s peaks. When I… Continue reading

We Needed That

On February 7 – 9th we got rain, lots and lots of rain. But we really needed it as we are experiencing a serious draught here on the west coast. Mount Tamalpais, which is just a few miles from the house, got 21 inches of rain during this weekend! This is what those three days looked like here at the… Continue reading

An Extended Visit with My Mother

I spent the week of December 8th visiting with my mother in Pensacola and was there almost the entire week. We had a really good time together. We rented a smaller SUV thinking she would be able to better get in and out of it. The SUV worked perfectly. She didn’t have to lift up or squat down to get… Continue reading

Hwy 1: Northern Explorations

Friday evening, after Steve got off work, we headed out for an adventure. First stop: Bodega Bay. Lovely evening. Very nice lodge. First thing the next morning, after breakfast and a quick photo or two with the iPhone, we started up Hwy 1 along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. I just don’t think I’ll ever get tired of this… Continue reading